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To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva organized a screening of the movie "Rafiki", which was financially supported by the EU ACP Programme. Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights, attended the screening and took part in a public debate following the screening.
"Violence against women is a grave violation of human rights and yet it is still widespread across the world. The perception that harassment or being violent towards women is normal and acceptable is wrong and must change. We all have the responsibility to say no, openly reject acts of violence or harassment, and stand by the victims" the EU stressed, ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women. And once again the EU lights up its buildings in orange, reflecting its continued support.
A combination of a growing population and climate change makes water one of the most pressing challenges the world faces in the 21st century. The EU is committed to enhancing its diplomatic engagement to make water a tool for peace, rather than a source of tension. We shall use many means at our disposal to promote and protect the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation.